I saw so many amazing things today. I can’t wait to unload my memory card and post the street art photos from today. Big thanks to my friend Nicole for driving me around the city for the whole day, and to the awesome people in Detroit who made such a colorful day possible.
I’m heading to Detroit, MI tomorrow where I will undoubtedly find lots of street art to take photos of, so I thought I’d share round one of my Ohio street art and mural photos. I’ve been having so much fun walking and driving around to see these works. It’s one of my favorite things to do while traveling.
I’m in Michigan visiting my aunt. I have a cat and a Kindle in bed with me, so naturally I have completely lost the will to blog. There are black squirrels here, so my day tomorrow has pretty much planned itself (squirrel photo hunt). Wish me luck in my search.
One of today’s touristy activities was visiting Wholly Craft in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, OH. I’ve been here a couple of times on prior trips, but in the time since I was here last they’ve moved to a much larger location. This is a super vibrant shop full of handmade items by crafters and artists. I was pleased to find lots of work from Portland artists in this shop. A lot of the items are Ohio themed, so this is a perfect place to pick up gifts for people at home or Ohio enthusiasts. :)
They also have a cool corner in the back of the store that is full of recycled craft materials. You can fill up a basket and name your price, or bring your unwanted items to donate to the area.
These are a few of the items I purchased today. Cat onesie by boygirlparty for my boyfriend’s niece. He asked me if I should pick another one since her mom is allergic to cats. Ha! Cute magnets. A U.S. state letterpress print by Power and Light Press, which I’ve just learned is a mobile print shop built into the back of a van!
This shop is definitely worth the stop if you’re visiting Columbus!
We found this giant field of sunflowers on a farm near Yellow Springs, OH today. It was the best, most colorful thing I saw today. Nature makes the best colors.
Today I visited the Columbus Museum of Art. It is in a really beautiful building in downtown Columbus. Unfortunately on this visit a few of the galleries were closed while a new exhibit was being installed, but they were very kind in giving us a discount for that inconvenience. The museum is currently undergoing construction for what looks like a major expansion, so I’m looking forward to visiting again once it is complete. I like that the museum is very interactive. They had an exhibit on color that had lots of different stations to make art. In the image above you could make and hang a little sculpture out of brown twist ties. I made a pattern out of construction tape, and designed a shoe while I was there. This marks the first time my work is hanging in a museum, ha!
Left: I’m having trouble tracking down the artist name. If anyone knows, please let me know in comments so that I can attribute it.
Middle: Detail from The Weight of Winter by Laura Alexander. Beautiful papercut over golf leaf.
Right: Glass work by Dale Chihuly. Full image here.
Left: My sneaker is the pink argyle patterned one near the top right.
Middle: Gorgeous ceilings on the second floor.
Right: Gate in the atrium.
My favorite piece was an oil painting titled Sunflowers in the Windstorm by Emile Nolde. The purple was so vibrant against the sunflowers. I also loved the story of the artist painting in secret after the Nazi government had forbidden him to paint.
There is an exhibit opening on October 3rd about art and money that I’m really sad I won’t be able to see!
What is this madness? How did Grumpy Cat get a line of bottled coffee? Just a note to say hello, and post this ridiculousness.
I saw an amazing gallery show today, but I don’t have the time or energy to do it justice, so I’m going to save it for tomorrow. I love traveling because everything is an adventure, even going to a new grocery store and looking at the packaging of products you haven’t seen before. I’m feeling super inspired. I love how travel opens up my eyes to awesome things all around me.
I spent much of the day traveling from Portland to Columbus, and documented the carpet at each airport. I prefer the bright colors of the PDX carpet to the muted tones of the Denver and Columbus carpets. I could see this becoming a really fun series. You never really think about how hard airport carpet has to work when you’re running from security to your gate. It has to be durable, and the pattern has to hide stains well. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a memorable pattern, or at least one that is not terribly ugly.
Fun facts about the PDX carpet:
» The carpet has an Instagram, Twitter and Facebook account.
» The carpet was designed in 1987 by SRG Architects. (source: A Brief History of the PDX Airport Carpet)
» The carpet design has inspired lots of products including a bike helmet, socks, mug, iPhone case, art print, mouse pad.
» You can download a wallpaper for your iPhone, courtesy of Shawna X. Huang
» The airport carpet is being replaced with a new design, with an expected completion in 2015 – 2016.
» Some PDX residents are of course not happy about the change.
One of my favorite parts of being in the Graphic Design program at PSU is being exposed to all of the different possibilities there are in design. I don’t think I ever would have thought of carpet design as a potential avenue for my creativity if I hadn’t worked on a carpet assignment as an Adobe Illustrator exercise.
For this assignment we were asked to make four carpet patterns. Each pattern was to be made out of a single character or glyph – meaning that if we chose to work with an “A”, the entire pattern had to be made out of that character, but we could manipulate it in any way that we wanted. It was a super fun assignment, and a good intro to Adobe Illustrator for me. I also learned some lessons (some frustrating) about making repeat patterns. My favorite is the one in the top left. I think the color palette is successful, and the simple pattern would make for an awesome carpet. I’m looking forward to experimenting with more of these patterns.
Writing this blog post is the last task before I try to go to sleep at an impossibly early hour. I have to be up at 2:00 a.m. for a flight to Ohio. I’m already wishing I had chosen a later flight. :) I’m visiting my boyfriend’s family in Columbus. I’m a little nervous about this little 30 day blog challenge + a vacation, but I’ve already completed a daily pattern challenge while on vacation, so I should be able to do this. I’m hoping to take lots of pattern, color and street art images to share.
I tried a new lunch place today (Roses Ice Cream), and when we sat down I saw a mural about a block in the distance. After we finished eating, I had to investigate the mural. I found a stunning set of twin murals by Loey Hargrove of Left Ear Studio. The murals are on buildings across the street from each other. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this treatment before, so it was a nice surprise to find two murals, when I thought there was only one. I love bold, geometric murals, so this one has jumped up to the top of my favorite murals in Portland list. On Loey’s blog I found a slideshow of in process photos.
In the photo above, you can see a glimpse of the mural across the street.
Through a little research I learned that the words painted in the leaves were suggested by members of the neighboring communities. I love that CATS made it to the list.
I have a big love for murals and street art, and seeing this mural made my day. I wrote a research paper on murals at the beginning of the year, and just finished making a street art magazine for a design class. I frequently drag my travel partners around streets or alleys to take photos. Reading about murals and street art, looking at photos on the internet, and finding them on the street is infinitely fascinating to me. I think wall art is one of the best applications of creativity, because it is a gift to the community. I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this one today!